Family Cuckooshrikes (Campephagidae)


Pohnpei Cicadabird (Edolisoma insperatum)


French: Échenilleur de Ponapé German: Pohnpeiraupenfänger Spanish: Oruguero de Ponapé

Volvocivora insperata


, 1876,

Pohnpei, Caroline Islands


Until recently considered conspecific with E. tenuirostre, but differs from all taxa in that complex (here split from HBW arrangement into nine species) in its unique nasal cat-like whistles and a high-pitched ringing rising whistle (2)#R; and distinctive female, with chestnut (only vaguely grey-tinged) crown to back vs grey crown to mostly olive-brownish back (3); rich chestnut vs (in closest-matching other females) rufous-ochre rump and uppertail-coverts (2); rich unmarked cinnamon-rufous vs (in closest-matching other females) rufous-buff underparts (2). Monotypic.


Caroline Is (Pohnpei).

Descriptive notes

c. 25 cm; 37·2 g (one male). A relatively long-tailed and narrow-bodied cicadabird with a comparatively long bill. Adult male is largely dark slate-grey, with blacker facial... read more


Mainly utters nasal cat-like, overslurred whistles, given either leisurely more or less drawn-out,... read more


Recorded in mangrove and evergreen forest habitat from sea-level to 800 m, and appears to be... read more

Food and feeding

Apparently no published information, but diet and foraging ecology both presumably similar to those of other members of the E.... read more


Nothing known.



Status and conservation

ENDANGERED. Restricted-range species: confined to the East Caroline Islands EBA. Population estimated to number 1000–2500 individuals, or 600–1700 mature individuals, and is... read more

Recommended citation

del Hoyo, J., Collar, N. & Kirwan, G.M. (2020). Pohnpei Cicadabird (Edolisoma insperatum). In: del Hoyo, J., Elliott, A., Sargatal, J., Christie, D.A. & de Juana, E. (eds.). Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive. Lynx Edicions, Barcelona. (retrieved from on 17 February 2020).